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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.


Ezra Klein
Editor-In-Chief and Policy Analyst at MSNBC
MSNBCW 08/06/2014
Klein: The story the government is so interested in getting out before The Intercept published, was a bombshell report based on documents obtained by a source in the Intelligence Committee, not Edward Snowden, it should be said. These documents revealing there are a million people being monitored as part of the U.S. government database of terror suspects. And 680,000 people, 680,000, on the government watch list of people suspected of having links to terrorism. Of the people on that list, more than 40% are described by the government as having, quote, no recognized terrorist group affiliation. That is 280,000 people, more than the number of people suspected of ties to al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah combined. The report notes, quote, since taking office, Obama has boosted the number of people on the no-fly-list more than tenfold to an all-time high of 47,000.
Jeremy Scahill
Co-Founder, The Intercept
MSNBCW 08/06/2014
Klein: Are those people suspected under reasonable rationales or are they just completely random, they put up something on Facebook? Scahill: Well, in all likelihood, it's both or it’s either of those. What we know, based on the watch list and guidance that we published two weeks ago and the documents that we just published this week is that there are some people, without a doubt, who are on that list because of something that they put on Facebook or something they put on twitter, or because their phone number popped up in the phone of someone that we think may be in touch with someone whose cousin may be a suspected terrorist in Pakistan. And then there probably are people on that where they have actual evidence, and these are dangerous people. And so part of the point, beyond the civil liberties argument, is that if your goal is to actually try to prevent acts of terrorism against the united states, you're doing a heck of a job making it more difficult to root out potential terrorists by having so many people who have no connection to terrorism in your lists.
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